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How Should We Protect the Dignity of the Indebted?

Sociologist Frederick Wherry on “How Should We Protect the Dignity of the Indebted?”, in the latest Princeton Talks.

Frederick Wherry on Protecting the Dignity of the Indebted on YouTube and Vimeo.

The video above is a teaser. You can view the complete talk over at the Princeton Talks website.

Production

Filming in a small library at Princeton’s Graduate College. Princeton, NJ. March, 2022.

Filming took place in a small library in Princeton University’s Graduate College. A wonderful room filled with incredible details.

Lighting was a mix of taming competing sources. Daylight was raking in through windows to camera left along with some very warm candelabra sconces and the warmth of the wood paneling. I used a RoadRags II Flag to block the daylight from hitting Fred and then lit him with a Litepanels Astra 6x in a DoP Choice Softbox Big.

I used a FlexFill Negative-Fill to block the windows on camera right, helping create some contrast and shadow on the same side of the subject. I then added a Litepanels Sola 4+ fresnel to hit the back of Fred’s shoulders to separate him a bit more from the background.

The daylight ran about 5500K, the sconces about 2500K. I split the difference with my two lights, running them at 4000K, and setting the cameras to the same via Custom White Balance readings. This ensured that the daylight would not go too blue and the tungsten wall lights too warm while still retaining the color contrast inherent to the scene.

Both cameras were my usual, Canon C70s with RF lenses. The A camera used a RF 50mm f/1.2L at f/1.4 and the B camera used a RF 85mm f/1.2L at f/2.0. The difference in exposure due to factoring in the A camera’s teleprompter which eats up ~⅔ of a stop.

Both cameras shot in C-log2 Cinema Gamut, ISO 800, 23.98, with a 180° shutter angle.

B-camera ready for action. Canon C70 with a RF 85mm f/1.2, external monitor, and a shotgun mic for scratch audio. Princeton, NJ. March, 2022.

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